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WH to Americans: Don't Sign Up for Insurance


In a sign that definitely won’t reassure the American people, the White House this week cancelled its own Affordable Care Act enrollment push, and is asking some of its health care allies to pull back on promoting Obamacare over the next few weeks. The New York Times has more:

Administration officials said Tuesday that they had decided not to inaugurate a big health care marketing campaign planned for December out of concern that it might drive too many people to the still-fragile […]

In the meeting, Ms. Palmieri said, officials urged the groups to hold back, at least for the first several days of December, to see how much traffic the website is getting. Ms. Palmieri summarized the message: “Our recommendation is that we expect there to be really high traffic. You shouldn’t be driving traffic.”

Remember that many Democrats have cited December 1st (tomorrow!) as the deadline for the website. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but if isn’t working reasonably well by then, many are contemplating distancing themselves publicly from the law. The White House’s attempts to direct people away from the site on and even after that date can’t be doing much to convince Democrats that the site will be ready. The website may be, as the administration claims, getting better all the time. But if Democrats frustrated with a missed December deadline defect from the administration in the coming weeks, continued, gradual improvement might be too little, too late.

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  • bigfire

    Let it burn. Albeit, the insurance that I’m perfectly happy with is now cancelled. Now I’m stucked with a far higher deductible with fewer option. Those of us with a few brain cell warn that this will happened back in 2009. But noooo, we were teabagger racist for thinking things through.

  • ljgude

    It is not in the nature of malfunctioning complex computer programs to get fixed quickly or to a deadline. We know the deadline will be met in the narrative compliant press and it will be hard to find a fair measure of any improvement, but the the people who are being disadvantaged by Obamacare and its incompetent rollout will remember come election time.

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